Path of Building
Find our recommended tree from the comfort of Path of Building, available here.
Included in the Path of Building are skill trees, all gem links and possible variations, and an example set of mid-level gear with room for upgrades. For simplicity’s sake, Elemental Resistances are not included on gear, and you can fill them in as you like depending on available gear.
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Passive Skill Tree
The most essential keystone is Resolute Technique, which offers a large boost in damage. Bleeding ticks cannot deal Critical Strikes, which makes this keystone even more well suited to this build than most.
Start acquiring the Bleed focused nodes next, picking up Crimson Dance once you have a fair chance to bleed on Lacerate. This will boost your single target damage immensely while in Blood stance, and help you take full advantage of your Ascendancy keystones. Impale chance and effect are “icing on the cake” style nodes, and pair nicely with crafted axes that also have chance to impale. Jewel sockets should be among your latter priorities, but can be acquired earlier if you have very high quality Jewels ready for use in advance.
We recommend leveling as with a little more emphasis on the early Axe nodes, which you can respec out of later on in favor of more bleed damage, defense, and utility.
Lacerate is our main skill and the only 6-Link necessary to incorporate into the build. It works perfectly fine with both 1-Handed and 2-Handed weapons, but we prefer 1-Handed axes by default. The auras we run are Blood and Sand, which is essential to virtually all Gladiator builds, and transforms Lacerate into a far more potent and flexible skill, as well as Flesh and Stone for greater defenses. The Pride aura is also used to debuff nearby enemies and boost our Physical damage far above what it would be by default.
Other links are relatively flexible, but we like to use Vaal Ancestral Warchief to pump out some extra burst whenever needed. Since this build is inflicting heavy bleeds with Lacerate, we can incorporate the underutilized Bloodlust Support gem to add even more potency to your Warchief. Leap Slam is a good means of getting around, and should be picked up as early as possible.
You can opt for either Melee Physical Damage Support or Ruthless Support — they have relatively equal damage output, our preference is Melee Physical Damage Support as feel it is a little less restrictive in playstyle.
- Awakened Multistrike Support
- Awakened Brutality Support
- Awakened Melee Physical Damage Support
- Ruthless Support
- Fortify Support
Vaal Ancestral Warchief 4-Link
Leap Slam 3-Link
Blood and Sand and Utility
Enduring Cry can be put on your Left Click (instead of Move Only. Due to the Call to Arms keystone it will not affect your movement at all, and instead it will be cast instantly every time it is off cooldown.
The gems do not need to be linked.
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